The flock from Herdy HQ joined over sixty family businesses from across the region at The North West Family Business Awards on Friday 13th May.

The Awards were held at Liverpool’s iconic Titanic Hotel and celebrated family businesses of all sizes and sectors covering Cheshire, Cumbria, Lancashire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside. 

A capacity crowd of over 400 gathered on the night to see the winners of the region’s best family businesses revealed. Hosting the evening were Awards founders, Sue Howorth and Dave Clarkson and food writer and presenter, Nigel Barden.  

Herdy was named as an awards finalist earlier in the year and was nominated in both retailer and best social impact categories. 


On the night, the team were delighted to take home the award for Best Social Impact, which celebrated achievement in corporate social responsibility and the company’s impact on their local community, highlighting the amazing work driven by The Herdy Fund. The fund was set up in 2007, it contributes a percentage of the company’s profits to supporting upland fell farming, Cumbria’s rural communities, and, of course, the lovable Herdwick sheep.


On accepting the award, Herdy Co-founder Diane Hannah said “We are absolutely delighted to win this award. Herdy is a brand that prides itself on being a positive force in the world, aiming to spread smiles and happiness. We are extremely proud to have won Best Social Impact, especially as we got to celebrate as a team, and as sustainability is woven into the very fabric of everything the company does”


Sue Howorth, Awards Co-Founder said, “This year the standard of entries was incredibly high and we know that our judges had their work cut out to choose the winners!”


“Each one of our winners are truly outstanding family businesses, leading the way in their sectors with strong family business values. They should be very proud of their achievements!”


Dave Clarkson, Awards Co-Founder commented, “We wanted this year’s awards to be something really special and we’re delighted with how it came together on the night. It was wonderful to be able to celebrate the family business sector across the North West.”

Herdy has also been nominated for this year’s “Pride of Cumbria Awards” taking place in Whitehaven later this month.

Watch this space!!